On June 1st, Children's Hospital opened the doors of its new patient family home, The Yawkey Family Inn at Children's Hospital Boston, located at 241 Kent Street in Brookline. For more than a year, Children's Hospital has been transforming an old Victorian, former fraternity house into home-away-from-home for patient families.
The renovated home features 22 bedrooms, shared bathrooms, common areas, kitchen, dining area, playroom, garden as well as space for staff, and meets the urgent need for additional family housing within walking distance of the hospital.
"Safe and convenient housing that provides a home-like environment helps families focus on what's most important: nursing their sick children back to good health," says James Mandell, MD, Children's Hospital CEO. "We're grateful to the generous benefactors and companies who helped make this home a reality for our patient families."
Generous gifts from The Family Inn Foundation and the Yawkey Foundations helped with the construction of the home. The Family Inn Foundation, a long-term grantee of the Yawkey Foundations, generously donated its independently operated Family Inn patient family home property on Sewall Avenue in Brookline to Children's Hospital. Founded 25 years ago with the support of Jean Yawkey, the Family Inn has provided much needed accommodation for out-of-town patient families. In addition, the Yawkey Foundations awarded a $3 million gift to Children's Hospital to support the new home. To honor the legacy of the Family Inn and Jean Yawkey, the organizations have been designated named sponsors of the new Yawkey Family Inn at Children's Hospital Boston.
Children's Hospital Boston, an internationally renowned center for medical research and treatment, is one of the only pediatric hospitals nationwide that focuses on pairing world-class research with clinical resources to develop top therapies to treat and cure children.
For more information about the Yawkey Family Inn, visit www.YawkeyFamilyInn.org.